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Archive for October, 2013

New Zealand Maori Pouwhenua

Maori carvings tell a story, and we have a form of totem pole, called pou or pouwhenua here in New Zealand. They’re like carved poles and were used by the Maori to mark boundaries.

Mr Munro snapped photos of these pou up at Paihia in the north of the North Island.

Pou, Paihia

Pou

Pou. Paihia

Pou, Paihia

Pou, Paihia

I’m not sure what story these pou told, but they were definitely interesting!

13 Teeth and Dentist Facts

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This week I had a long overdue visit to the dentist. Certainly inspiration for this week’s Thursday Thirteen.

Thirteen Things About Teeth and Dentists

1. Humans generally have two sets of teeth during their life time.

2. Baby teeth, which number 20.

3. Adult teeth, which number 32. (This includes wisdom teeth)

4. Not flossing means you missing cleaning around 35% of each tooth.

5. Long ago dentists used to advertise their profession by hanging strings of rotten teeth outside their premises.

6. Dentist began experimenting with implants back in the 18th century.

7. Teeth were taken from dead people and implanted into mouths of those who could afford to pay the required price.

8. A set of teeth cost up to 5 guineas. (Not sure how much this equates to these days)

9. Teeth donors sometimes passed on more than their teeth. Diseases such as syphilis and tuberculosis were also passed on from infected donors.

10. Back in 5000BC people thought tooth worms caused decay.

11. Drilling teeth isn’t a new thing. It’s said that ancient dentists were very efficient at drilling…without pain killing drugs. Ouch!

12. During the Middle Ages, monks usually acted as dentists.

13. In the early 1700s, dentistry came under doctoring, but by around 1750, dentists were a branch of their own.

I’m terrible when it comes to dentist visits. I have a healthy fear and I put off visits as long as I can. My visit this week was the first one in three years!

Do you fear the dentist?

Sources:

The History of Dentistry, Namibia Dentist Association

The Rotten Tooth: A Brief History of Dentistry

The Coffice and Alien Cats

Freesias

Freesias in our garden

Today I’m out visiting on the web. I’m making a stop at the RWA chapter Contemporary Romance Writers where I tell all about my coffice.

My second stop is with author Lynda Hilburn where I discuss alien cats.

Man in the Moon

Edits have kept me busy for the last week. I’ve completed those now, but writing stuff continues to take up my free time—my self-imposed deadlines before I head off to Singapore.

We’re officially on summer time in New Zealand now and losing one hour has kicked my butt this year. I actually went to sleep in my chair this afternoon. The puppy was piled on top of me, and I thought I’d listen to the end of my audio book – the first in the Agatha Raisin series by MC Beaton. The last I remember was learning the identity of the quiche murderer. I woke up when puppy leaped off my knee because hubby had arrived home from work. My audio book had started over and reached chapter three. And to think I used to laugh at my father…

Mr Munro took these photos. He’s since purchased a tripod, but the moon hasn’t made an appearance for a few nights. He’s waiting impatiently for its reappearance.

Moon

Moon Zoomed

What’s happening in your world?

Thirteen Sandwich Fillings

Thursday Thirteen

When I went to school and later when I was working, I used to make my lunch every day. Sandwiches. There is nothing worse than boring sandwiches…well, maybe soggy sandwiches are worse. I tried to keep my lunches interesting, but alas there were days on end where I ate cheese and pickle between two slices of bread.

I was flicking through a cook book the other day and came across a list of interesting fillings for sandwiches.

Thirteen Filling for Sandwiches

1. Mashed avocado, a little lemon juice and sunflower seeds

2. Egg mayonnaise and cress or lettuce

3. Dahl with tomato and cucumber slices

4. Ham and mustard

5. Roast beef, horseradish sauce and salad

6. Cold omelette with celery pieces

7. Chocolate spread and mashed banana

8. Cream cheese and lightly crushed strawberries

9. Hummus, tomato and celery

10. Cheddar cheese, chutney and lettuce

11. Meatloaf and salad

12. Avocado and vegemite/marmite

13. Chopped dates mixed with lemon or orange juice, chopped brazil nuts and celery pieces

Did you or do you make packed lunches? What are your favorites?

Tale of Two Taniwha

I’m visiting Susan Johnson today with a tale of two taniwha. There is also a contest where I’m giving away a download from my back list. I hope to see you there!



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